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American Sign Language 2 (AMSL 1100)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 4

Description: This course is an extension of ASL 1. You will continue to learn ASL vocabulary, structure, syntax and grammar with a focus on mastering the basics of fingerspelling, numbers, colors, facial grammar and sentence structure. You will also continue to learn about Deaf culture, including Deaf humor.

Topical Outline:
1. Receptive: Students watch the classroom instructors and other students sign sentences, dialogues, and stories about self, family, and daily life. They watch classroom instructions and participate in small and large group exchanges
2. Expressive: Students sign about themselves and their own lives as well as other basic cultural and contemporary issues
3. Grammatical topics: sign parameters, facial expression, classifiers (size and shape, placement, and categories), politeness, noun/verb pairs, topicalization, sentence structure, mouth morphemes (movement), descriptive classifiers
4. Vocabulary topics: manual alphabet, finger twister, cardinal and ordinal numbers, yes/no questions, greetings, directional verbs, emotions, colors, physical description, introductions, past and future, time, modals, quantifiers, lexicon sign (#DO, #BUSY)
5. Culture: residential schools, D/deaf terms, difference between LIVE and FROM, interruptions, flashing lights, personal information regarding deafness and family, video phone/video relay, different country sign languages

Learning Outcomes:
1. Dialogue and communicate in ASL about familiar topics, demonstrating awareness of protocol
2. Participate in paired and group activities to practice self-expression on personal, cultural, and current topics within limits of linguistic ability
3. Increased fluency and ability to understand instructions in ASL
4. Compare and contrast cultural behaviors in everyday situations
5. Gain an increased understanding of history, political science, handshape stories and Deaf culture through ASL
6. Use ASL beyond the school setting for lifelong learning and for participating in the global community

Prerequisites:  AMSL 1000

MnTC: Goal 8: Global Perspectives